A defense off CNN from a friend who once worked there.
I worked for CNN for 16 years, and I don’t think a month went by when I didn’t bitch about the place.
Some of my complaints were simply attempts to blow off steam. Why is the CMS down again? Why do I have to change that headline? Do we have to do that bullshit story simply because it’s trending?
And then there were my deeper concerns, ones that have provoked debate in newsrooms since there have been newsrooms — questions about ratings/traffic vs. news value, questions about ethics, questions about quality.
But for all of my bitching, I was proud to work there. It was, and still is, full of intelligent, thoughtful people.
I could be cynical — most journalists are — but, as George Carlin was fond of saying, scratch a cynic and you’ll find a disappointed idealist. You don’t deal with so much human weakness without a…
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